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Best Things To Do in Kuching

Though just a small city in Sarawak, Kuching is the pride of Malaysia. Perched on the island of Borneo, this bustling city boasts of a magnificent intermingling of histories and cultures. Bursting with diversity, and full of pomp and splendour, Kuching nevertheless manages to retain a graceful and calm vibe. Modern high-rise towers stand proudly next to ancient colonial structures thus bringing together the past and the present harmoniously. A musical mixture of languages confronts the ear in the streets where blithe tongues speak Cantonese, Teochew, Hainanese, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamilian, English all together, thus revealing a global world encased in Kuching. The city in itself is full of wonderful sights and sounds that enchant tourists. One of the best things to do in Kuching is to visit it's interesting museums that are open to tourists all year round. Here one can experience not just the history of the city but also its culture and its sense of humour. The quirky Kuching Cat Museum, a museum dedicated to cats, who share a link to the city’s name, is a fun place to immerse yourself in cultural humour while the Sarawak State Museum and the Chinese History Museum reveal the brilliant past of Kuching. The Sarawak Cultural Village is also a great attraction for those who want to understand the cultural twists and turns that have led to the diversity of Kuching’s present-day society. Apart from the other museums that also populate the city, tourists can also revel in the topsy-turvy world of the Upside Down House, and enjoy the serenity of the Tua Pek Kong Temple.

Natural wonders enrich the city’s landscape and the many natural parks in Kuching are a great way to escape from the modern rush of the roads. Santubong National Park, Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Matang Wildlife Centre, Kubah National Park, Kuching Wetlands National Park, and Bako National Park are wonderful locations full of nature’s glory. Brilliant coastlines, rugged terrains, and awe-inspiring treks make up these natural parks while the hike up Mount Santubong reveals some of the most breathtaking sights in Malaysia. With the best things to do in Kuching a vacation here is a rewarding experience that will fill you with wonderful memories for life.

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    Day Tour to Semenggoh Orangutan Center in Kuching
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    About the Activity: Embark on an exciting day tour to Semenggoh Orangutan Center in Kuching. Get picked up from your hotel in Kuching at around 08:15 AM, and depart for the Orangutan center in provided transport, which is 24 kilometers from the center of Kuching. This o...

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    About the activity: Get the chance to stay at one of Malaysia's most beautiful Borneo Rainforest; the Peraya Villa Homestays on your next holiday here.Get picked up from hotel in Kuching at around 8 AM and get transferred to Peraya villa via local transport.After reachin...

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    About the Activity: Invoke in this 3 days camping at Peraya Homestay,and get a chance to experience the rain-forest by night among many other activities that will pique your interest here.Start you tour after getting picked up from your hotel in the morning (approx. 08:3...

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    About the Activity: Invoke in this amazing trek that provides you a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.Start this exciting tour after getting picked up from Kuching and then visit the Semenggoh for a warming up session.Continue the journey overland to Batang Ai B...

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    About the Activity:Begin this enthralling trip by getting picked up from your hotel in Kuching at around 8.30 AM and drive for about 45 mins in the direction of Damai beach.Board a small boat and start your cruise at the mouth of the Santubong & Salak Rivers. There is ...

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Sarawak Museum

Sarawak Museum is one of the major attractions in Kuching. Built in 1891 by Charles Brooke, the museum has a wide range of collections comprising of stuffed animals of various areas, handicraft works, model of old boats, archeological materials, Chinese furniture, animals traps, fish traps, musical instruments etc. There are several buildings in the premises and each one has some new attractions to share. Pearl, Brassware, Pottery, the collection is huge and worth exploring. In a nutshell it is a showcase of various tribes of Sarawak and their cultural traditions which forms the major part of their lifestyle. The same is quite interesting and a must visit for all travelers.

Location: Jalan, Tun Haji, Kuching

Timings: 9:00am to 5:30pm

Price: Entry free for all.

Kuching Waterfront

One of the most peaceful yet refreshing zones in Kuching is the fascinating Waterfront. This waterfront previously was just a riverbank with old warehouses and dilapidated buildings but later with the decision of city council it was beautified with a paved pathway of 1km to facilitate leisure walking and making it so popular for both locals and tourists. With innumerable light bulbs, cool refreshing air and some refreshments café this is transformed into one of the preferred romantic destination in Kuching. The nighttime is especially attractive in this place. Apart from scenic beauty the gigantic heritage buildings like The Sarawak Steamship Company and the Square tower also add up to the charm of the location

Highlights: Boat or cruise ride to capture some photos of the beautiful place

Location: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching

Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Established in 1975, the 740 acre Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is the largest Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre located in Sarawak which takes care of the injured and sick or may be orphaned orangutans along with the very famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah. Being such a big rehabilitation centre it is a prominent tourist destination for all the people visiting the country. The location of the Rehabilitation Centre is only at a distance of 30 minutes drive from Kuching and here one can gather enough knowledge about the same. There is a special visitor’s platform from where one can witness the feeding of the orangutans. The rehabilitate animals are nurtured and taken care in this centre and when ready they are released in the forest.

Timings: 8am and 12.30pm & 2pm and 4pm

Price: RM3 per entry, RM40 for guide Kuching Wetlands National Park

The Cat Museum

One of the fun oriented exciting places to visit is the Cat Museum which is the first one of its kind in the whole world. Kuching in Malay means Cat and that is one can find quite a few cat statues at prominent places within the city. But what attracts more is the elaborate museum in Petra Jaya in North city hall of Kuching. For the cat lovers this is a complete whole new world with more than 4000 pictures and souvenirs, feline art of various types cats found. Covering an area of 1035 sq meter it is a one of the entertaining destinations especially for the kids.

Location: North City Hall on the top of hill called “Bukit Siol”, Kuching

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm daily (close Public Holiday)

Price: Entry is free for all visitors however there is a charge of RM3 for Camera and RM5 for video camera

Sarawak Orchid Garden

A major tourist attraction, Sarawak Orchid Garden is home to around eighty two species of orchids including the Sarawak state’s flower Normah Orchid. The garden was open for visit since 2009, and is a place of visual delight to the visitors. Apart from the native species, it also contains a wide assortment of epiphytic orchids from worldwide. There are two parts of the garden, a nursery and a display area where the vibrant flowers blooming throughout the year are put on display for the visitors.

Highlights: A fun way to reach the park is on a 5 minutes jetty ride across the Sarawak River. Reach early in the morning as soon as the park opens and enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant.  
Location: The garden is located next to Astana, opposite the Sarawak River in Kuching.

Timing: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday

Price: N/A

Wind Caves

Wind Cave is a major tourist attraction in Kuching. The cave is just a few minutes’ drive from the Fairy Cave. The cave consists of three tubes like passages which are completely enveloped in dark, and therefore, bringing a torch is a must. There are millions of bats living inside the cave. A number of notice boards can inform you about the different species of bats. There are many underground streams running inside the cave and for this reason, the caves are usually closed during the rainy months.

 Highlights: At the end of the cave passage, a passageway leads down to a small sandy beach next to the bank of Sungai Sarawak Kanan, where you can swim and enjoy snacks and drinks, after visiting   to  the cave.

 Location: Located about 5 Km from Bau.

 Timing: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
 Price: RM 5 for Adults and RM 2 for children.

Sarawak Cultural Village

Stretched over an area of 17 acres of land at the foot hills of Mount Santubong around 40 mins outside Kuching, this is a living museum and a fascinating cultural display, the charismatic Sarawak cultural village. The place is a display of the multiple cultural styles of the region along with a showcase of their houses and living style and conditions. One can experience the essence of each culture and explore the style of the interiors at own leisure. There s a varied collection of handicrafts available here ranging from Kain Songket (cloth of Malay with gold inlay), Iban parang (swords), Bidayuh tambok (basket), Melanau Terendak (sunhat), Pua Kumbu (housewives textiles), Orang Ulu wood carving and others.

Highlights: The cultural dance programs by various races showcasing their talents and giving a glimpse of their rich heritage.

Timings: 9:00 am to 5:15pm and open on all days

Location: Pantai Damai Price: 60RM for adults and 30RM for children

Kuching Wetlands National Park

Covering an area of 6610 hectares, the Kuching Wetlands National Park is approximately 15 km away from Kuching. Mostly filled with saline mangrove system, the greatest benefit of the park is its rich marine network with creeks and waterways connecting the major Sibu Laut and Salak rivers bordering the park. The best way to explore the park is by arranging a river cruise through the park where one can enjoy the dense vegetation and luscious greenery. The cruise usually takes half a day tour through the Salak River and entering the smaller creeks thus passing through Malay fishing village, coming up close with wild animals like money , crocodiles etc. All through it’s a fabulous and entertaining experience

Highlights: spotting Irrawaddy dolphins

Timings: Best during low tide, as crocodiles come to bask in sunlight.

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